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The Bright Sessions

I can’t believe I listened to the whole thing. The premise is that Doctor Bright is a psychotherapist for “atypicals,” in other words people with paranormal powers including time-travel, mind reading, and mind control. It started out good, but then went in a lot of things I didn’t like.

1. Too much gay stuff. First a way too detailed blossoming of high school student Caleb’s gay relationship with another high school student. And Caleb has the most boring superpower (feeling other people’s emotions), his arc was entirely about the gay stuff. Yuck!

Then all of the other characters in the show also turn out to be lesbian, gay or bisexual. Are there any normal heterosexual people with superpowers?

2. Damien started out as the most interesting character, then became just some weirdo with a Fatal-Attraction-like homosexual crush on one of the other characters.

3. Sam (voice-acted by Lauren Shippen) has the ability of time travel, which should have opened up a lot of opportunities for very interesting storylines, but the show ignored all of those possibilities. I wanted to hear more about her time-travel trips, but instead just a lot of her mooning over Doctor Bright’s brother.

4. The actress who does the vice of Ellie Wadsworth, evil director of the mysterious “A.M.,” sounds black. I looked her up on the internet, and my suspicion was confirmed, she’s black. But her nephew is voice-acted by a white actor.

Of course, in a podcast, theoretically it shouldn’t matter what people look like on the outside, but what they sound like is extremely important. Doctor Bright doesn’t sound Japanese to me, so it doesn’t matter that she’s voice-acted by a Japanese woman while her brother is voice-acted by a white man.

Would it be “racist” to admit that sounding black contributed to making her an unsympathetic character? (Which she was supposed to be. And no pun intended, but the moral issues were way too black and white. A better show would make you at least want to consider that Ellie was right about things and Doctor Bright was wrong.)

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

July 23, 2018 at 3:16 PM

Posted in Podcasts and radio

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  1. You should review Heartland from the Hallmark channel on Netflix. My elderly mother watches and rewatches these every day. I’m told this and shows like this are wildly popular but they don’t get much coverage by the cosmopolitan press.

    The settings are all rural. The characters 99% white. The dramas all wholesome and family oriented. A bad guy is a kid who once lied. Boring as hell but that’s what makes their popularity so fascinating. It would appear there’s a sizable market for Becky and Chad shows.

    Curle

    July 23, 2018 at 4:06 PM

    • Never seen it, but some of the more religious in my extended family are crazy for this show. They even have conventions for it. It’s a totally underground hit.

      Mike Street Station

      July 25, 2018 at 11:48 AM

  2. All you would need is one straight guy with mind control and his many descendants would quickly and quietly usurp power behind the scenes while making everyone else feminized and pacified and unable to speak out loud…

    Artifact

    July 23, 2018 at 4:43 PM

  3. It seems as though just about every movie or TV series today has to have at least one homosexual character.

    Oswald Spengler

    July 23, 2018 at 4:46 PM

    • The CW version of the DC universe has almost as many gay or bi superheros as straight ones. They could form their own justice league. They are even introducing “Batwoman” this fall who is of course a lesbian.

      Mike Street Station

      July 25, 2018 at 11:50 AM

  4. Thanks for the review, Lion. I looked up the author, Lauren Shippen, on Twitter, and she seems like an archetypal Millennial SJW: an Upper Class single White girl with an Ivy League education who brags about being bi and having non-binary friends while complaining about White men and fawning over Blacks. Disappointing but possibly post-worthy.

    Heinrich Zemo

    July 23, 2018 at 11:25 PM

  5. I couldn’t quite explain why the plot development at the end of the 3rd season bothered me so much. I didn’t even finish the episode.

    Use https://www.rot13.com to translate this if you don’t mind spoilers:

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    Greg Pandatshang

    July 24, 2018 at 12:03 AM

  6. I recommend ‘7 Seconds’ on netflix.

    toomanymice

    July 24, 2018 at 3:37 AM


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